It seems that season 16 of NCIS will not be coming out on Netflix any time soon, due to CBS signing a deal with Viacom, which relaunched Paramount Plus.
Fans of one of the longest-running television dramas, NCIS, were able to rewatch previous episodes and seasons of the show when Netflix still hosted fifteen seasons of the CBS produced show. The fifteenth season also marked the exit of Pauley Perrette from the show.
However, if you are a Netflix subscriber seeking to fulfil your NCIS craving by watching the latest seasons, 16, 17, 18 and the current season 19, then you will not be able to, because of the relaunch and rebrand of Paramount Plus.
When was NCIS introduced on Netflix?
In 2008, Netflix decided to add streaming services to its DVD mail-out service. One of the first shows to sign on for the then new service was NCIS, under its newly signed deal with CBS.
The decision proved beneficial for both parties, as they initially renewed their agreement in 2011. During this time, CBS also added flagship shows like Star Trek, Frasier and Hawaii Five-O.
CBS continued to renew its contract with Netflix to host their shows, renegotiating in both 2013 and 2018.
However, after CBS merged with Viacom in 2019, the cracks began to show. Hawaii Five-O was removed from Netflix, and NCIS remained on season 15 despite the availability of new seasons.
When does season 16 of NCIS come out on Netflix?
In light of CBS’ merger with Viacom, details which indicated the end of an amicable relationship between CBS and Netflix began to surface. The last deal between CBS and Netflix was signed in 2018, and it was set to expire in 2020.
Despite this fact, the last season of NCIS hosted by Netflix was season 15. During this time, fans of the television drama had to subscribe to CBS All Access, which was the original streaming service by CBS to access the latest seasons.
However, in light of the merger deal with Viacom, this availed an opportunity for both entities to launch a video-on-demand platform, which is Paramount Plus.
The streaming service currently hosts all the seasons of NCIS, including the latest seasons and behind-the-scenes videos from the show.
What is Paramount Plus?
Paramount Plus launched in March 2021. The paid-subscription video-on-demand streaming platform is considered the rebranding and expansion of its initial online subscription streaming service, CBS All Access.
However, after signing a deal with Viacom, CBS was able to expand its on-demand library to include not only CBS television shows and films.
The merger enabled the new platform to also host the 109-year-old Paramount Pictures library, major films from studios including MGM and Miramax, and new series from the ViacomCBS Domestic Media networks including BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and VH1.
How much is a Paramount Plus subscription?
Considering that CBS and Viacom entered an already saturated market when it introduced its own paid-subscription video-on-demand platform in March 2021, Paramount Plus, the platform offers a number of packages. However, there are two basic plans.
One considers adverts in its pricing, and a substantially hiked price for subscribers looking for a viewing experience without adverts.
There is the option of $4.99 and $49.99, for a monthly and yearly subscription respectively with adverts. However, for the pricing of either $9.99 and $99.99, monthly and yearly respectively, you can have Paramount Plus without adverts.
Why is NCIS still so popular?
Considering that most long-running television drama series face the curse of either being cancelled or a sizable drop in viewers, NCIS seems to have avoided this curse.
Seeing that it has been 19 years since the first season, it’s commendable that the show is still running, with no show of stopping.
Moreover, the show has maintained the same lead in Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. What’s more, to date, the show is still considered as one of the most watched television dramas on US television.
NCIS is currently airing the nineteenth season of the show. The season was one of the hotly anticipated seasons from the long-running drama series, as it is set to mark the return of beloved character Cote de Pablo, as she reprises her role as Ziva David.
However, for Netflix subscribers, the show ended on season 15, which saw the departure of original actor Pauley Perrette as Abby Scuito. Those seeking to watch the latest seasons will need to pay for a subscription with Paramount Plus.